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Finland: exhibition "Stories of Freedom"

From March 15, 2018, the Estonia 100 exhibition "Stories of Freedom" curated by the National Museum of Estonia is opened in Tampere, the twin town of Tartu, at the Finnish Museum of the century, Vapriikki.

The independent Republic of Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Freedom is precious yet a concept that is hard to define. Many things are understood to represent freedom or the lack of it. Sometimes these things are complex and seem self-contradictory – today, Estonia’s history features many, very different stories of freedom.

These stories that get passed on are about war, abductions, the Soviet era, the Singing Revolution, and the second independence of the State of Estonia. Every Estonian has a unique story of freedom to tell. The exhibition put together by the National Museum of Estonia, the Museum of Estonian Architecture, the Estonian War Museum, and Vapriikki presents eight stories of Estonian culture and of what it means to be Estonian today.

The stories presented at the exhibition focus on tradition, beauty, Estonian beer culture, the Estonian language and music, e-Estonia, Estonian architecture, the national museum and its significance in the development of Estonian patriotism, and ‘the Finnish boys’.

Here, the voices of ordinary Estonians, both young and old, are heard also. They speak of the nature of freedom and what exactly it is that makes a person free.

The author of the exhibition's idea is Toimi Jaatinen (Vapriikki), the curator is Kristjan Raba (the National Museum of Estonia) and designer Jarno Vesala (Vapriikki). The cooperation partners are the Museum of Estonian Architecture and the Estonian War Museum.

Pictures of the exhibition: (photos: Vapriikki)

The exhibition tours are supported by the city of Tampere, Kindred Peoples' Programme, Estonian embassies in Washington, Helsinki and Moscow, the Museum of Estonian Architecture, Society of Friends of the Estonian National Museum and the Estonian societies around the world.

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